2.28.2013

READING ORHAN PAMUK


If I did not have a job to do, meetings to attend, deadlines to meet, I would have awakened this morning, stretched lazily, reached an arm out from under the blankets and pulled into bed with me Pamuk's The Museum of Innocence, slipped a finger into its deckled edges, found my place, and I would have stayed in bed, reading, for hours, for days, to get to the end and begin all over again. This, then, instead, to ponder:

"It was in these first long kisses, in our lovemaking's slow accumulation of particularity and ritual, that I had the first intimations of another way of knowing, another kind of happiness that opened a gate ever so slightly, suggesting a paradise few will ever know in this life. Our kisses delivered us beyond the pleasures of flesh and sexual bliss for what we sensed beyond the moment of the springtime afternoon was as great and wide as Time itself."

Warning: The Museum of Innocence bears something of a cross between Dostoevsky and Proust, or perhaps, Gogol and Proust, and then Pamuk's own original mind, so if that isn't your cup of tea.....

16 comments:

jill weiss said...

Dominique you'll enjoy this background information:

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v34/n11/elif-batuman/diary

Judith said...

The book is on my bedside table. I shall read and savor.

Judith said...

My first comment seems to have disappeared so I'll try again... Thanks for the quote and the recommendation, Dominique. The book is sitting on my bedside table. I'll read and savor along with you.

Judith said...

aargh that was me, I tried to remove the duplicate. Sorry!

Patty said...

Loved this article Jill. Dominique thanks for sharing. This will be my next book!

Rosa Maria Castaneda said...

wooooowwwwww!!!
My next book. Thank you.

katrinakenison said...

Next month, I will set work aside, visit my mom in Florida, and have a few mornings like the one you long for. And having read this exquisite quote, I have just ordered the book. Thank you! Hope you will claim such a morning for yourself, too.

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Jessie C. said...

Synchronicity: reading about The Meaning of Love in Viktor Frankl's classic, Man's Search for Meaning on the train to the city this morning. Then, a few hours later, discovering this transcendent paragraph in your blog. Both moved me to tears for what my soul is longing for now.There is a message prodding me to action here. If only it were easier!

Beth Lowe said...

I have wanted to read The Museum of Innocence. Now I cannot wait. Thank you/

Leslie in Portland, Oregon said...

Wow!! I put this book on hold at the library after your initial mention of it, and now I'm looking forward to it even more. Thank you, Dominique

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